5 ways to identify phishing email

News Center 7’s Mike Campbell has a full report on the scam that targeted Dayton Public Schools and Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Coming up on News Center 7 at noon.

Dayton Public School recently deposited a check meant for Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli into a scammer’s account after they posed as Lolli in an email.

Here are 5 ways you can spot a phishing email, according to StaySafeOnline.

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  • The email asks you to confirm personal information. If an email looks authentic but is asking to confirm personal information, such as banking details or login credentials, do not reply or click any links.

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  • The web and email addresses do not look genuine. Look carefully at the email address; it may be a bogus variation intended to appear authentic. Dayton Public Schools recently received an email from someone with a Tampa Bay Roadrunner account posing as superintendent Elizabeth Lolli asking to change their bank account information. The district then deposited Lolli's check into the scammer's account.
  • It's poorly written. Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes. Emails from legitimate companies will be professionally written.

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  • There's a suspicious attachment. An attachment could contain a malicious URL or trojan. Scan it first using antivirus software.
  • The message is designed to make you panic. An email may claimed your account has been compromised or your account will be shut down if you don't act now.

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